National Preparedness Month: When to Evacuate

National Preparedness Month

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Do you know when to evacuate or shelter in place?


Here’s your daily tip for National Preparedness Month:

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the event the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. 

  • Staying put – in some situations, it may be best to stay where you are and avoid uncertainty outside. When staying put, it is best to have a pre-assembled kit in place and to also know the steps to “Shelter in Place and Seal the Room”.
  • Getting Away (or Evacuating) – Other conditions may require an evacuation. Plan for alternate routes before the emergency occurs and designate meeting locations with families and friends in case you are separated.
    • Pay attention to local emergency management and public safety officials and evacuate when asked. Evacuation information and orders will be disseminated to residents in numerous ways.

More information: Deciding to Stay or Go


HelpFor questions and information, contact the Office of Emergency Management:

National Preparedness Month 2011

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign. NPM is held each September and its goal is to:

  • Increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies
  • Encourage individuals to take action

September 2011 is the eighth annual NPM. The month will focus on important preparedness steps:

The Campaign’s Web sites ( and and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide Americans with free emergency preparedness information

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